What does describe mean?

Definitions for describe
dɪˈskraɪbde·scribe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. describe, depict, draw(verb)

    give a description of

    "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"

  2. report, describe, account(verb)

    to give an account or representation of in words

    "Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental"

  3. trace, draw, line, describe, delineate(verb)

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  4. identify, discover, key, key out, distinguish, describe, name(verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example

Wiktionary

  1. describe(Verb)

    To represent in words.

    The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.

    Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

  2. describe(Verb)

    To give rise to a geometrical structure.

    Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

  3. describe(Verb)

    To scientifically reveal a new species by technically explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other species.

    The fungus was first described by a botanist.

    Etymology: From descriven, from descrivre, from describo, from de + scribo; see scribe and shrive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Describe(verb)

    to represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle

  2. Describe(verb)

    to represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities

  3. Describe(verb)

    to distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class

  4. Describe(verb)

    to use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Describe

    dē-skrīb′, v.t. to trace out or delineate: to give an account of.—adj. Describ′able.—n. Describ′er. [L. describĕrede, down, and scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]

Editors Contribution

  1. describe

    To create using words.

    They did describe how they felt and it was great to know they too were also happy and felt very loved.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2425

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2430

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'describe' in Verbs Frequency: #93

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How to say describe in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of describe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of describe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of describe in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Sessions:

    I will not be able to describe on any matters, the parameters of matters that might be under investigation, the subjects of any investigation, because it's an ongoing investigation, and I'm not at liberty to discuss it, and it's the policy of the department that on delineating or talking about recusals, in fact, does reveal that and you shouldn't talk about it publicly.

  2. John Burns:

    People with disabilities should be taken seriously. You don't take away somebody's legs and then describe Federal Court as an inconvenience. No, this is an injury.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Adopting such philosophy and slogan, which describe, let everyone live, and live, for their living, show a marvelous humane leadership.

  4. Stacy Davis:

    I can't even describe how glorified I feel that it turned out this way, miracles do happen.

  5. Knox News:

    Sandy Blankenships pictured with Sandy Blankenships daughter husband, Rex. ( Courtesy of Sandy Blankenships daughter) A family member of another resident took to Facebook to describe staff members work against the virus as fighting a fire you cant see.

Images & Illustrations of describe

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